Famous Historical Homes in Louisville, KY

If you are new to Louisville, or skipped a history lesson or two, it’s time to learn and appreciate the beauty and history of Kentucky. Throughout the centuries, Kentucky has been a central part of our nation’s history.

Old town Louisville harnesses a lot of history and some of the most beautiful Victorian homes in the south. Of course this is not an all-inclusive list, but we have gathered some of the most historical homes in Louisville that are well worth a visit.

The Thomas Edison House

Experience the surroundings of America’s greatest inventory. The home was originally built in the 1850s. Thomas Edison lived here for just one year from 1866-1867 but it gives a great appreciation for the area in which he worked and developed over 1000 patents. Many of his inventions are still on display in the home including hands-on exhibits.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House

This is the childhood home of the First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln. She was the daughter of a prominent politician and lived here for several years before meeting and marrying Abraham Lincoln, who visited the home in 1847. The home has been completely restored and contains authentic antiques from the period as well as family portraits and furnishings from the Todds and Lincolns.

President Zachary Taylor House

The 12th President of the United States grew up in a two and one-half story brick house just east of Louisville, KY. He lived here for 20 years and although he was a military officer and moved frequently, this was his home for the longest period of time.

The Croghan Mansion

This is one of Louisville’s oldest standing homes. Historic Locust Grove is located on 55 acres and is one of 30 National Landmarks in Kentucky. Today, the million-dollar property is owned by the Louisville Metro Government and is open to visitors and to rent for special occasions.

The Brennan House

For more than 85 years, the Brennan family occupied this three-story Victorian house built in 1868. It features fascinating structure and Industrial Revolution artifacts as well as art and furnishings from 19th-century family life.

The Conrad-Caldwell House

This home is considered to the be the crowning achievement of famous local architect Arthur Loomis. It is now a museum, showcasing exhibits from a long past era and is also open to rent for special events.

Culbertson Mansion

This mansion was built in 1867 by local tycoon William S. Culbertson. He built the stately home to entertain local dignitaries and guests from around the world. The 20,000 square-foot design includes 25 rooms, hand-painted ceilings, marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, and a carved rosewood staircase. It is closed during the winter, but open to tours during the summer months.

The Charm of Old Louisville

One of the most beautiful collection of architecture, churches, and museums culminate together in Old Louisville. This district is the third largest historic preservation in the United States and is often called “America’s Victorian Treasure.” Originally, this first suburb of Louisville was developed between the 1870s and the early 1900’s, and still draws crowds from miles around.